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Other voices: The Power of One

I have been thinking about this for a long time. How does a nonprofit organization grow? After all, there is usually no money when it starts. It usually starts with an idea, one idea. Then others get together, one-at-a time, and discuss this idea. They hammer out the issues they wish to pursue and the problems they may encounter, one-at-time.

You can see where I’m going with this.

Several years back I sat on the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Nevada County, still one of my favorites. I was asked to join the board and was honored by the offer. It’s a lot different when you are on the inside looking out rather than the other way around. It certainly isn’t glamorous, and if you really want to contribute to the success, it’s a lot of work. But, the satisfaction level of helping those in need is very high.

That’s when I first noticed the “power of one.” I also recognized that there can be a negative “power of one.” There is always that one person, who always has to have it their way, who never contributes anything positive to the organization, and who tend to dominate and drive down moral. Every organization has at least one.

Then there is the positive “power of one.” They may not be the leader but they are the influence that drives everyone else. We tend to follow these people because of the energy that they bring to everything they do. They may not have the “leader” title, but they certainly lead by example. They raise their hands when the organization asks for volunteers, they show up at events and, without being asked, just begin helping. They encourage us to be more involved and show us by example how to be the best that we can be.

Look at the “power of one” in leaders like Moses, Jesus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa and so many others throughout history. It took just “one” to start something so positive and great.

We, the Nevada County Tea Party Patriots, are blessed to have so many among us that are the positive ones. We are successful because of them. We believe that each one of our members is a “leader” because they decided they wanted to help our movement here and around the country. We have over 20 million members nationally and 2,500-plus in our Nevada County chapter. They certainly are not doing it for money, glamour or fame. They are doing it because they want a better America for future generations.

We want future generations to be free of the massive debt created by generations of politicians from both parties. We want to go back to the ideals of our founding fathers who envisioned a freedom as never before seen in all of history. We want our government to understand that our Constitution was designed to protect the people from the government, not to protect the government from the people. We want all the protections in the Bill of Rights to be enforced so everyone, regardless of race, religion or political beliefs can live free of government intervention. Folks, read the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It’s all right there.

Yes, these documents are just as relevant today as they were when they were written. No matter how much the courts and politicians have tried to pervert these documents, they will survive and be our guide. Were they far-sighted enough to see this far into the future? In Benjamin Franklin’s writings he wondered about how the Constitution would be viewed when we had two-hundred million to three hundred million citizens. It’s amazing that in his time he could envision that kind of population.

Our mission statement is so simple. We believe in fiscal responsibility, limited government, free markets, respect for the Constitution and Bill of Rights and a government that answers to the people. That’s our way to say we believe in the words of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

We also believe that the “power of one” extends directly to your vote. To many of us, this may be the most important election of our lifetime. Every poll shows that the public is dissatisfied with government at all levels. Government’s approval ratings have never been lower. Why? Because our non-representative representatives are no longer listening to “We the People.” What can we do about it? Vote! That is the “power of one!”

Stan Meckler, Nevada County Tea Party Patriots

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